Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail

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Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Seeley Lake, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 462 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

rock climbing

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

The trail is relatively easy, but there are a lot of exposed tree roots and a fairly steep section of trail. Watch for horses in the summer and the occasional bicyclist.

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blowdown
icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Newbie so moderate trail was nice. Burnout from 2 years ago but beautiful regardless. Some muddy spots, some snow, some ice on 11/9/19 but all worth it at the end with the beautiful falls. Some tree fall to go around in a few spots.

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no shade
4 months ago

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5 months ago

very nice, easy hike. the fall colors are starting to appear and the waterfall is beautiful! we just moseyed and it took 1 hour each way.

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5 months ago

Hiked here on 9/15. Easy hike through recent burn then nice payoff at the end with the falls. Cutthroat available just before you cross the bridge down to the left but you need to do a little bushwhacking to find the pools.

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no shade
5 months ago

Dogs loved it. Easy stroll. It started raining when we got to the falls, but we barely noticed.

The falls are beautiful and provide a mist to cool you down before the hike back.

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bugs
7 months ago

The burned areas along the trail are unfortunate to see, but the trail itself is so well maintained that it deserves 5 stars. Black flies were bad but no mosquitos.

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7 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers! Mostly flat, short easy hike. Guess we got lucky when we went, no bugs! Waterfall at the end is gorgeous, great spot to hang out.

7 months ago

Beautiful views!

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7 months ago

Pretty easy hike. Can camp by the lake about 2.5 miles in.

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bugs
8 months ago

Pretty easy trail, it is flat relative to most trails I've done in MT. It is a little more than two miles to get to the falls, then the same distance back. right before you get to the falls there is a trail on the left that leads to the top of the falls. That is the steepest part of the whole trail. for sure spray yourself with bug spray before going in, you will get eaten up by mosquitos.

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8 months ago

The fire from a couple years ago make for an interesting hike and views you wouldn’t be able to see if there were branches on the trees! Moderate hike, mostly flat, rewarding view at the end.

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8 months ago

a great trail walk! easy trail for kids and dogs. the trail is easily accessible and very pretty views

8 months ago

great hike awesome view

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Love this hike. I went early Monday morning to avoid any people. I did track further than 5.4 miles in and out. On my way out, about .3 miles or so from the start of the trail I did encounter a grizzly bear walking along the trail towards my dog and I. Thankfully he wasn’t too fond of my dog and she chased him off. My experience ended in our favor but it is a great reminder for everyone to always always pack bear spray. You really just never know. Stay safe out there adventures! I 100% recommend this hike. Go early because the falls are roaring from the spring run off!

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9 months ago

Great trail for a Sunday afternoon. Relatively flat with a little elevation gain around the 1.5 mile mark. At the time we hiked this, there was still lots of visible signs of the fire that had been through the area two summers ago. The falls where much more impressive then we imagined and since we hit it at the begging of the spring run off there was a lot of water and spray at the base of the falls. If you are planning to take a break at the falls and watch for a while, it might be work bringing a light jacket or sweater during the spring time and maybe even cooler summer days, as it’s in the shade and considerably cooler at that point of the trails. As of our hike today there was a tiny patch of snow left that you could simply hop over, so this is a great option for spring when other trails still have snow.

9 months ago

Awesome trail, there is a waterfall at the end with ponds along the way perfect for spotting wildlife.

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Sun Dec 16 2018

Hiked this trail on Dec 10 all the way to the falls. Only wore cleats due to about 3-4” of snow. Falls were iced over beautiful!!! My tracker said 5 miles rt so definitely not as far as this app says!

Sun Oct 14 2018

This trail is nowhere near the 6.9 miles listed on this website. Two independent GPS devices measured it as 2.7 or 2.6 miles one way. So 5.4 or 5.6. Nice flat wide trail easy for kids.

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Thu Oct 11 2018

Easy hike. Some dead trees across the trail, but easy to navigate over or around. Lots of burned area, but the fall foliage makes up for the lack of canopy. Very beautiful, easy hike

Thu Sep 20 2018

Edge of the ‘Rice ridge fire’ looks different than a few years ago.

Tue Sep 18 2018

Excellent hike that’s fairly easy.. you hike through burned out sections of forest due to the Rice Ridge Fire last year. It is definitely a glimpse of nature’s life cycles. The payoff at the end is a stunning waterfall! Great day hike!

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Tue Sep 11 2018

Easy hike. Moderately used. We only tracked 5.8 miles. The waterfall was beautiful

Sun Aug 19 2018

Hiked this trail in late spring. the falls were raging. very pretty and my dog loved the lake.

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